Earth shadow for lunar eclipses / Rise and Set times for celestial bodies

Asked by Walter Bersinger on 2016-09-25


I'm a frequent and fond user of Stellarium but am missing two features that most other astronomy softwares provide:

1) Display of earth's umbral and penumbral shadow projected into the night sky (for lunar eclipses)

2) Rising and setting times for celestial objects when selected (sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.).

Regarding item 2) I did come across a feature that can be activated and then several pieces of information appear on the bottom part of the screen. However, these always apply for "today" and not the set time.

Thanks for your reply and kind regards

Question information

gzotti (georg-zotti) said : #1

(1) Shadow zone is not displayed, it is also not visible in nature. The moon is obscured.

(2) Observability plugin may help. rising time should give time on the active date.

Walter Bersinger (wabers) said : #2

(1) It is correct, of course, that earth's shadow is not visible in nature, and I appreciate that Stellarium's primary intention seems to be to show the sky as naturally as possible and indeed does a wonderful job in this respect. However, the constellation figures, boundaries, coordinate lines, etc. are not visible in nature either. An optional display of earth's shadow that could be activated/deactivated would help plan lunar eclipses and would certainly be appreciated by the community.

(2) I did activate the observability plugin (German: "Beobachtbarkeitsan...alyse") but do not manage to make rise/set times and other related data such as local azimut of the rising/setting body visible. Once the sun is up, for example, the blue bottom text reads "no rise today" - "object not visible". And no data related to the set time. The rise/set date integrated in the caption in the above left corner would help immensely.

gzotti (georg-zotti) said : #3

(1) Feel free to fill in a bug/wishlist suggestion. Somebody may do it.
(2) Use the observability plugin configuration dialog to configure the observability plugin. It does not display rising azimuths, though.

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